The present paper constitutes an introduction to taxonomic methodology. After an analysis of taxonomic practice, and a brief survey of kinds of attributes, the paper deals with observation, description, comparison, arrangement and classification, hypothesis construction, deduction, model, experiment, abstraction, and synthesis. The methodological aspects of the species-concept and of biological classification are dealt with in two final sections.

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Keywords abstraction, classification, comparison, deduction, description, experiment, hypothesis, methodology, model, observation, species-concept, synthesis, systematics, taxonomy
Journal Zoologische Mededelingen

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van der Hammen, L. (1986). Some notes on taxonomic methodology. Zoologische Mededelingen, 60(15), 231–256.